"Responsible authorities recognized that this person was engaging in
undiplomatic behavior and has to leave Iran."
"The biggest problem in Iran right now is that young people there can tell you
exactly what kind of society they don't want, they can tell you exactly what
kind of society they do want.
These young Iranians cannot tell you for the life of them who they want to lead them. They cannot find a single leader to gravitate around and so without a leader to mobilize them, they are not going to go to this. That's part of it. They are also terrified as a legacy of the student riots and what happened in 1999 but also a lot of them have lost confidence in the reform movement.
So if they go to the streets and risk getting arrested or detained, who in the government are they actually trying to influence? They don't feel like they have an advocate in the establishment right now. Now, I believe that the next leader of Iran is going to come from this youth generation."